Concert Review: Happy Ending for TSO Ninth

Arthur Kaptainis, National Post: This was an energetic finale, vital in rhythm and full of spirit. The 130-plus singers of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir were scattered democratically in the choir loft rather than partitioned into sections. They made a joyous, united sound. Nor was there any price in clarity in the double fugue. Maybe this unusual configuration has a future.
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Categories: 2014-2015 Season and Media Reviews.

An invigorating performance: Missa Solemnis in D Major

Michael Johnson, Concertonet Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis doesn’t come around often enough, a fact that prevents it from becoming stale – and all the more reason to welcome it when it does get programmed.  This was the final program this season presented under the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s own auspices, which I suspect is why the full complement of 122 singers was used. This turned out to create an acoustic overload in the 1100-seat hall, the effect of which was exhilarating most of the time. Read the complete review online
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.

Concert Review: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir keeps Missa Solemnis light, when perhaps it could have used more weight

Every season the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir undertakes a Big One, or even a Really Big One, such as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, presented Wednesday evening in Koerner Hall under the baton of Noel Edison. It was a clear-headed and articulate performance that lacked something in Missa Solemnity.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.

Hats off to the Mendelssohn Choir for tackling Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

It is notoriously difficult to perform. Which is why we should thank conductor Noel Edison, his Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Festival Orchestra, for having the courage to mount this important, if rarely heard, work. And by and large, on Wednesday evening the group of hundreds of musicians and singers acquitted themselves quite well.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Program Notes

When you come right down to it, Beethoven didn’t compose a lot of choral music. There are three early works - the under-rated Mass in C, the rarely-performed oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives and the Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80. Of course, there are choruses in the opera Fidelio before his last two choral masterpieces - the finale to the Symphony No. 9, and the great Missa Solemnis.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Program Notes.

Preview: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir wrestles with the beast that is Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

On Wednesday night, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, soloists, orchestra and conductor Noel Edison perform one of the monuments of early 19th century choral music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. The performance reminded me yet again of what a monster this piece is. Beethoven spent four years writing, finishing it in 1823 (he died in 1827).
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.

Solemnis Spirit

The Missa Solemnis is infused with the same spirit as the Ninth Symphony and other late period Beethoven – a musical expression of faith locked in combat with doubt. Extremes of mood convey an almost desperate sense of Beethoven’s desire to connect to the world around him. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is perhaps the only group in the region that can marshal the forces for such a mammoth work.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – 2013

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis: Music broadcaster Rick Phillips and artistic director Noel Edison discuss this great work and listen to musical excerpts as the TMC prepares for its May 15 th performance.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Podcasts.

Matthew Halls leads Toronto Symphony in masterful Beethoven Ninth

Whatever it is that makes one of the most iconic pieces in the symphonic repertoire sound exciting, conductor Matthew Halls produced with the help of the Toronto Symphony, Mendelssohn Choir and soloists at Roy Thomson Hall on Wednesday night.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra captures original energy of Beethoven’s Ninth

Matthew Halls conducts Beethoven’s Ninth for the first time in his career — and captures much of the excitement its first audience must have felt.
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Categories: 2012-2013 Season and Media Reviews.